Aspire: who are we?

Aspire is an award-winning not-for-profit organisation based in Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham. We deliver high-quality learning, support and wellbeing services at our women-only centre and to mixed audiences in communities and organisations across the North East of England.

Our women-only centre is a welcoming and friendly place to learn, socialise and gain confidence.

At our Chester-le-Street centre we offer the following:

• Free and low cost courses with start dates throughout the year.
• Friendly support groups and services always ready to welcome new faces.
• Opportunities for you and your family to improve your health and wellbeing.
• An on-site crèche to help with childcare while you learn or get support.

Our staff are experienced in delivering bespoke learning and training to mixed audiences across a wide range of sectors and organisations. 

Listening Service

If you're feeling worried, upset, stressed or anxious about something, we're here to listen. The confidential listening service is for all women 18+.

Health & Wellbeing

We support individuals and groups in the community to address their health and wellbeing in order to lead to happier and healthier lives.

Personal Development

We offer a comprehensive range of learning and training opportunities for women in the heart of our community. Aspire also offers training to other sectors, organisations and groups.

Support

Aspire staff have a wealth of experience responding to the support needs of local women. We run several support groups including Mature Friends and our weekly Drop-In Group for those wanting to meet and make new friends.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop your skills and boost your confidence while making a difference to the lives of other women. 

Childcare

Our on-site crèche is available for children under 5 and offers free places while you learn or get support at Aspire.

Whats on: at a glance

April - July 2018
Courses
Learn new skills with Aspire’s free and low-cost courses.  For detailed information click here
Course Name Day(s) / Time(s)
Crystal Therapy
Monday 9.30am - 11.30am
Psychology of Happiness
Monday 9.30am - 11.30am
Swedish Massage
Monday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Samba Drumming
Monday 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Moving on with Maths
Monday 9.30am - 11.30am
Art Works
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
First Aid (Auckland Community Room, 1st, 8th and 15th May)
Tuesday 9.30am - 11.30am
RSPH Alchohol Awareness (Auckland Community Room)
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Sugar Craft
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Creative Writing   fiber_new
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Be a Better Listener
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Needle-Felting
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Have-a-go Crafting
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Everyday Politics
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Simple Cooking
Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am
Introduction to Mentoring Skills
10th May and 17th May   fiber_new
Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am
and 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Evolutionary Psychology
Thursday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Patchwork and Quilting
Thursday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Encouraging Healthy Eating and Weight
Thursday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Reflexology
Friday 9.30am - 11.30am
Introduction to Criminology
Friday 9.30am - 11.30am
Internet Unravelled   fiber_new
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Dance to Fitness  fiber_new
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Groups, Support and Wellbeing
Stay well, feel supported and get more from life.  For detailed information click here
Our latest April-July 2018 Programme is available to download for those who prefer to view offline.   Download [872k]
Mature Friends Group                                                              
Monday 9.30am - 11.30am
Monday Drop In
Monday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Computer Drop In
Tuesday 9.30am - 11:30am
Chat ‘n’ Craft
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Positive Choices (24th April - 19th June)
Tuesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Singing Sisters   fiber_new
Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am
Positive Progress
Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Drop In
Thursday 9.30am - 11.30am
Wellness Service Weekly
Various (by appointment)
Confidential Listening Service
Various (by appointment)
Befriending Service
Various (by appointment)

Below is just a small selection of the feedback we have received from women visiting our center and using our services:

"I love Aspire. Great place which has helped me through some rough times. The ladies are very welcoming."

Janet Middlemiss

5* via Facebook Group

"It makes me very happy, everyone is so nice and helpful!"

Sarah Vallely

5* via Facebook Group

"Pleased I decided to come to Aspire. I have met some really lovely ladies x"

Sandra Stobbs

5* via Facebook Group